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Every year Christmas comes around and the games come in. But if your anything like me those new games can sit on the shelf for months before you play them. This year I decided to play all my new games before the month of January was up and as of the 14th I succeeded! But this list isn’t just about the games I managed to play, post up any game you got in December that you played before the end of January. January 2008 that is.
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1. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:397]
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My secret Santa gift! Strong was my resolve to wait till Christmas to open the box, and once I did what did I find? This game and a note explaining to me that the legend of Santa is greatly distorted. In reality he is an undead fiend, a Vampyre! I imagine the 6 months of darkness is why he has a house at the north pole. The note also explained the truth about Santa "jolly" elf minions which I shall revel with the next game.

My girlfriend and I don't often play games with just the two of us. But we gave this one a go and had a good time. Her enjoyment of the deduction part is why I bought Mr. Jack.
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2. Board Game: Zombie Fluxx [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2745]
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My secret Santa was a generous giver for inside was also this game with the explanation that not only is Santa a vampire but his elf companions are really undead zombies! Creatures of dead flesh, slave to his will. Which explains how he makes all the toys with out having to pay them?

Played this more the any other Christmas gift so far. Mostly because it is easy to teach and short. I know Fluxx doesn't get a lot of love on the Geek but this is an OK game and really isn't everything better with zombies?
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3. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:339]
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Paul, one of the regular players in my game group showed up and out of the blue handed me a very long, very heavy box. Even wrapped as it was the size and weight made it an easy guess as to what game it was. But I kept my mouth shut and waited those agonizing weeks till Christmas. A few days after we got in our first play, it was just three of us and we each picked a different race. I did what all players do when they want to show how much they appreciate a gift and its giver, I attacked him mercilessly! My Zerg forces beat his Protoss into and hasty retreat. When suddenly the Terrain player struck me from the rear. With the Protoss virtual destroy I marshaled me troops and struck back at the swine Terrains! Only to have Paul's "virtual" destroy Protoss forces sneak off and let us Zerg and Terrains duke it out while he scored his special victory condition. This proves that I'm not good at Starcraft and that there is Karma for buying people games.
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4. Board Game: Illuminati: Bavarian Fire Drill [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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My girlfriend placed two gifts under the tree. The first when shook made the sound of cards rattling inside a box. A lot of cards, what could it be? I know! Bavarian Fire Drill, the long delayed expansion to Illuminati! The other one sounded like plastic sliding around, could it be DVD's? Well Christmas came and I tore into the first one, excited to have a look at those new artifact cards, only I found... DVD's? And the second one had... Bavarian Fire Drill? This is the only time I've guessed what someone got me for Christmas and been completely right and also totally wrong.
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5. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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My lady love put one last present under the tree, a large box. I wondering what could be in it. After weeks of shacking and pondering I still didn't have a clue on the day of opening. I tore into the wrapping and found... a note and a toy gun. The note says,

Sweat beads down you temple as a dark-eyed, stubble-face stranger glares at you challengingly from across the room. You haven?t seen his face but you have a gut feeling as to who he is by the hushed whispers and restless movements of those around you. You coolly gulp down the small glass in front of you, letting the liquid gold run hot down your throat. Casually bringing your hands to you hips, gripping the cold metal between your fingers, you think inwardly "It's high time I bring order back to this law forsaken town!"

Cool, I think what ever this is it comes with a little flavor text. I hold the gun in one hand while I use the other to search thru the packing peanuts, where I find? nothing? I look up at my girl questionably. "Use the gun!" she says. I pull the trigger and out of the barrel pops a little flag that says Bang! Suddenly she moans! I look up to see her holding the big tin bullet of Bang! The Bullet in her arms. "Oh you got me!" she says.

With this gift she also totally got me.
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